Waltham, Mass. - In a UAA-conference matchup between two nationally ranked teams, the No. 3 Brandeis University men's soccer team scored three goals in the first half to defeat No. 7 Carnegie Mellon, 4-2.
The four goals were the most for the Judges in a UAA game since 2002. The Judges are now 9-1, 1-0 UAA, while the Tartans are 7-2-1, 0-1 UAA.
The Judges opened the scoring in the 4th minute when a long throw-in from senior captain Robbie Lynch (Weymouth, Mass./ Weymouth ) found junior Zach Vieira (Andover, Mass./ Brooks School), whose left-footed flick found the bottom right corner of the net, for his third goal of the season.
In the 19th minute, senior Conor Lanahan (Avon, Conn./ Avon) blasted a 35-yard direct free kick into the top right corner for the defender's first goal of the year.
Brandeis went up 3-0 in the 34th minute when rookie Josh Handler (Oakdale, Conn./ Montville) found junior Josh Ocel (North Attleboro, Mass./ Worcester Acad.) in the box for his third goal of the year.
The Tartans scored their first goal in the 67th minute, after a 15-minute delay due to injury, on a penalty kick by junior Devin Keane (Melville, N.Y./ Half Hollow Hills East) for his fifth goal of the year.
The Judges responded in the 77th minute when Ocel's cross found junior Josh Berg (Weymouth, Mass./ Weymouth) for a perfect header out of the keeper's reach for his second goal this season. Carnegie Mellon answered back in the 86th minute on a goal by rookie Zack Masciopinto (Arlington Heights, Ill./ Buffalo Grove), his fourth, assisted by senior Jordan Friedlander (Rockville, Md./ The Bullis School) and Keane.
Judges sophomore keeper Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, Conn./ Suffield) and Tartans senior keeper Eric Bykowsky had five saves apiece.
Brandeis outshot Carnegie Mellon, 16-10, including 9-7 in shots on goal.
The Judges return to action Tuesday, October 6 when they host MIT at 7:00 pm.
Brandeis is now 10-16-2 all-time against Carnegie Mellon.
This was the first meeting between the two teams decided by more than one goal since 2006.
-by Emmett Greenberg '16